Freshman outside linebacker Owen Pappoe will likely live as a highly-touted college prospect during all four years of his high school career at Grayson. Pappoe is surrounded by a wealth of talent in Logansville, Georgia, and he’s a part of that charge.
Pappoe possesses a combination of speed, size and power that is very rare for seniors, much less underclassmen.
The result has been a havily accelerated recruiting process. Right now, Pappoe sports double-digit Division-I scholarship offers. Pappoe, who says “it’s been crazy,” has had a smooth transition from middle school to high school on the field.
“I think it went great for me moving from the 8th grade level straight to varsity,” Pappoe told Today’s U. “I got to see how it was to be coached at the varsity level and I think I did great this season. I believe I had about 107 tackles, one interception, one touchdown, two forced fumbles, eight pass break-ups and I think 22 tackles for loss.”
With such a prolific season in the books, Pappoe is sure to see his recruiting profile reach new heights during the offseason. According to Pappoe, who stands 6’1″ and nearly 200-pounds, he could fill multiple roles based on his skill set.
“I’m very physical, fast and smart,” Pappoe said. “I want to stick to the defensive side of the ball. Right now people are recruiting me at outside linebacker and safety. I’m getting a lot of attention from the top schools in the country. I’m not trying to rush into anything by committing but just enjoying the entire process.”
During September, Todays’ U caught up with Pappoe after he received an offer from Maryland. The high-ceiling recruit was excited to land an offer from the Terps. With that being said, several other schools have entered the fray since that time.
“I think it was about four schools after Maryland,” Pappoe said. “I know it was TCU and Cal for sure, but I can’t remember who else offered me. I didn’t even know [TCU] was looking at me, so when they offered I was really surprised.”
During the football season, Pappoe capitalized on his opportunity to check out several schools recruiting him first-hand during a game environment. This allowed for Pappoe to see how life as a player would be at each respective school. Pappoe visited Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Auburn and is working on a visit to Florida State.
“In terms of his Alabama visit, Pappoe was on hand to see a rare Crimson Tide loss, although it did not sour his time in Tuscaloosa.
“I was there for the game against Ole Miss,” Pappoe said. “I got to see the facilities, talk to all the coaches and go into the locker room. [The scheme] very similar to what we run at my high school. At Alabama, they run a 3-4 defense, so I was really paying attention to the outside linebackers.”
During the offseason, Pappoe plans to visit a host of schools along the Pacific coast.
‘”I’m going to go to the West coast this year,” Pappoe said. “So I’m going to go to USC, Baylor, Cal and UCLA.”
Click here for a link to Pappoe’s freshman highlight tape.